A routine traffic stop almost turned tragic for a Bryan police officer late last month. Motorcycle cop David Blackburn was trying to pull a vehicle over for speeding when his motorcycle collided with a car. Blackburn was thrown from his bike, and the driver who hit him, rushed to his aid.
"I was monitoring traffic from the west, I was travelling east bound," Bryan Police Officer David Blackburn said.
Blackburn was patrolling the streets in late June when a routine traffic stop caught him off guard.
Blackburn tried to pull a car over for speeding, but when he turned to follow the vehicle, another car got in his way.
"That's when he (the driver) left the stop sign and collided into me and threw me off of the motorcycle," Blackburn said.
The driver did not see Blackburn who was thrown six feet from his bike, but did rush to his side.
"He did get out immediately, checked on me and asked me if I was ok," Blackburn said.
Blackburn was rushed to the hospital for a busted knee, but was quickly released.
Within minutes of the accident, your comments came flooding in at KBTX.com. Those kind words took Blackburn by surprise.
"I didn't even know what I did until all those calls came in," Blackburn said.
However, your thoughts helped him recover.
"Thank you for saying anything at all," Blackburn said. "Thank you for the warm thoughts. I can't tell you how many phone calls I got from friends or even acquaintances."
Officer Blackburn is almost fully recovered. He said his knee is still swollen, but he's back at work doing the job he loves.
He has no hard feelings for the driver who hit him, because he did stop and offer aid. The car Blackburn was chasing got away.
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